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Rolling Ball aka Ball-ance(my Rotary Comp entry)

  • I set myself 3 aims in my Rotary Competiton entry :

    1) To make a game for younger kids to enjoy - and tests have shown it succeeds <img src="smileys/smiley1.gif" border="0" align="middle">

    2) To use the example in my Platform tutorial as my base.

    3) To use layer rotation to make a ball that rolls left and right along the stationary ground, rather than just turning around a fixed point.

    Well, the kids and I are happy with how it's turned out. See what you think.

  • Hey Velojet,

    I used Ie9 and chrome but I dont think it was working properly. I jump to the second platform and (uncontrollably) slide all the way to the end of it.

    There was a yellow block that sometimes would appear after i lost a life which i could move to tilt the ball further (still being trapped against the side wall mind you).

    Are you using FF?

  • GenkiGenga

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I jump to the second platform and (uncontrollably) slide all the way to the end of it.

    That's what's meant to happen - if you play it in Chrome or Firefox, you get sound effects as well.

    There was a yellow block that sometimes would appear after i lost a life which i could move to tilt the ball further.

    The yellow block is key. Check the instructions and think about the name of the game.

    Are you using FF?

    It's been fully tested in IE9, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

    Have another go! And let's know how you go.

  • Ah i see now,

    Your very clear that the left and right arrow move the player left and right but until you told me to read closely again I assumed I had to move the ball by clicking to either side of it, not using the left mouse button to tilt left and right mouse button to tilt right.

    With your tests with children did you just sit them down in front of it or did you verbally give them instructions first? (Personally i would have gone for a picture tutorial as opposed to wording).

    I only asked about the browsers because i thought something wasnt right :) after playing properly i like it. Always a fan of learning through playing games. Perhaps this taught me how to read better, lol :)

  • GenkiGenga:

    Thanks again for your feedback - even more because you've now got the trick!

    I did want to make the game a bit of a puzzle as well: the ball's tilted over and Minnie Figg is stuck - what do we need to do to get her to move and jump to the next level? So it's got a small element of an adventure game as well.

    ... With your tests with children did you just sit them down in front of it or did you verbally give them instructions first?

    That's a really interesting question! I've found that children cotton on very quickly - they seem to understand what has to done almost instinctively, and are very used to experimenting with the controls.

  • Thats awesome it must have been a very satisfying feeling :)

    good luck in the comp.

  • Velojet: very nice game! thumbs up!

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  • dformer Thanks for taking the time to give your positive feedback. Much appreciated!

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